Are Monette trumpets and mouthpieces really that good?

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  1. TrumpetMD

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    If I had the money to buy a Rolls Royce ... I'd probably buy a few more trumpets. :-)

    Back to the OP's original question...

    I'm not sure what makes a Monette mouthpiece better. They claim to have a technological edge -- the "constant pitch center". This might be something significant. Then again, it might be just smoke-and-mirrors. Who knows? So for me, they are "different", not "better". And for me, "different" isn't worth my time or my money.

    Mike
     
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  3. redintheface

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    @TrumpetMD - So it looks like people are magnetically attracted to Monettes ROFL
     
  4. Sethoflagos

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    Rolls Royce may or may not be a good parallel. In the UK they're seen by many as the car for the scrap metal merchant made good. The 'discerning' wealthy were supposed to drive Bristols.

    [​IMG]

    Now what would be the trumpet version of the Bristol? :whistle:
     
  5. bumblebee

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    Hmm - let's see - you mean a boutique trumpet from a manufacturer recently rescued from bankruptcy? Would something from the Schreiber & Keilwerth York range qualify?

    --bumblebee
     
  6. gmonady

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    Nice comparison. You are adding some of the best horns that integrate personal taste with a contrast as to variety of flavors. Both of Monette and Taylor are examples of the finest horns made. I would like to add Harrelson into this mix. They have a nice, warm sound, but what they add to this spectrum is a real energy efficient technology that makes there horns very easy to play with excellent slotting at minimal effort. That too, comes with a price.
     
  7. gmonady

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    Or alternatively, Monettes are made from magnets:dontknow:
     
  8. bumblebee

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    There was once a TV ad for washing powder which claimed to attract dirt out of clothes like a magnet. This is a brilliant claim because if somebody complains the powder isn't very good at cleaning clothes the manufacturer only needs to demonstrate the difference in cleaning effect of running a magnet over the clothes and washing them using their powder.

    Whatever it is about Monette mouthpieces I really like them. I have a couple I use and have rejected a couple of other ones. A few non-Monettes I have I do use on occasion, but despite similar dimensions they don't please me quite as well as the Monette ones. I can't really put my finger on it - comfort is similar, blow is similar, pitching accuracy/ease is similar, range ease is about the same, tone quality is different. That said, I don't (yet) sound as good (though I'm very good, I as a trumpeter must add) as I would like to, or as (a number of) Monette players sound, and there are (a number of) non-Monette players who sound better than I do.

    --bumblebee
     
  9. Tjnaples

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    Unparalleled attention to detail and physics (tuning slide shape for one) coupled with applying those techniques into trumpet development separates them from the pack. Couple that with them tailoring a horn to what you want exactly all custom and handmade it's hard to find a better product.
     
  10. gmonady

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    You just described a Harrelson trumpet as well. A better trumpet, at a better price (relatively). That cannot be beat.
     

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